Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program Officially Launches in Comox Valley

The Comox Valley Emergency Program (CVEP) is excited to announce the official launch of the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP). This regional program is a collaborative initiative with the Comox Valley Regional District, City of Courtenay, K’omoks First Nation, Town of Comox and Village of Cumberland and is designed to provide important tools, recommendations and guidance to ensure Comox Valley residents are prepared for an emergency or disaster.

“The CVEP team and our partners have worked incredibly hard to reimagine the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program for Comox Valley residents who may experience hazards and emergency situations in their neighbourhoods,” explains Howie Siemens, Manager of Emergency Programs. “The official launch of NEPP is an important step towards building a disaster-resilient Comox Valley that supports neighbours helping neighbours to prepare for and assist one another during extreme weather and other hazardous events.”

You’re invited to a FREE NEPP information session in November at a fire hall near you! Join us to learn more about emergency preparedness and how you can prepare your neighbourhood for any situation. To register for an upcoming NEPP session visit our NEPP webpage and look for the 'NEPP Information Sessions' button.

NEPP has also contributed towards growing regional collaboration for FireSmart, Emergency Support Services, Emergency Radio Communications and household-level emergency preparedness. Thank you to the following community partners who have been instrumental in reimagining the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program:

  • NEPP teams from Courtenay, Comox and the Electoral Areas
  • Comox Valley Accessibility Committee 
  • Hornby Island Emergency Preparedness Committee
  • Habitat for Humanity - North Island

Neighbourhoods and households that plan for disaster, recover faster! The NEPP guide and educational video were created to be as simple or detailed as you’d like. A simple task such as creating a shared contact list and a map of your neighbourhood can go a long way towards building relationships and knowledge that may be critical in an emergency situation.

CVEP functions as a partnership between the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay, Village of Cumberland, K'ómoks First Nation and the Comox Valley Regional District to provide coordinated emergency planning and programming in the Comox Valley.

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities operating on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of the land. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on providing sustainable services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

Media Contact:

Howie Siemens
Manager of Emergency Programs
Tel: 250-898-3723